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Demonstration of a Plug and Play Approach to Satellite Thermal Control System…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2007 / SBIR
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Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Demonstration of a Plug and Play Approach to Satellite Thermal Control System Development
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX07CA75P
Award Amount: $99,961.00


Mainstream is proposing a methodology to reduce the development time and cost, and improve the reliability of future thermal control systems for the next decade of deep space missions by utilizing a Plug-and-Play (PnP) thermal control strategy. A unique modular thermal control approach is described in the proposal as well as discussions why such an approach is ideally suited to reducing the development time and cost of deep space satellite thermal control systems as well as power conversion systems. Phase I will experimentally demonstrate that the proposed PnP approach can be configured to provide design flexibility, long life and extremely high reliability. With potential missions to Europa, Venus, and Titan, as well as primitive bodies, the PnP approach can simplify thermal control design while utilizing very compact, reliable, two-phase thermal control bus architecture. In this Phase I effort, Mainstream will demonstrate a unique PnP Tool-Box approach where the thermal control system is easily built-up into a complete integrated system, as well as being integrated into the power conversion components. Highly integrated systems will reduce cost, reduce system size, improve reliability, and tighten the thermal control.

Principal Investigator:

Robert P. Scaringe
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Michael M. Rizzo
Business Official
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Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No